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STREW Buda eyes future of Main Street and FM 967. -PagelD April 19, 2017 Page 1C BY SAMANTHA SMITH A land cater- I ] 11 ing to its his- toric farming and ranching roots, Buda is probably the last place anyone would expect to find dam-building beavers. Buda officials, however, were shocked to discover the Garlic Creek Retention pond, located in the Garlic Creek subdivision in west Buda, is a preferred place for the buck-toothed rodents to build dams that are blocking drains and Could cause flooding issues. With the help of the Texas Wildlife Service Jennifer Hall, Buda Animal Control Officer, said the piping structure is expected to work without disturbing the new beaver tenants at the retention pond. Program (TWSP), Buda is taking an innovative approach to alleviating drainage problems and keeping its flat-tailed neighbors safe. The solution to this unusual problem lies in a partnership between Buda and the Texas W'fldl'ffe Services Program (TWSP), which called for install- ing an underwater piping structure, according to a Buda press release. Jennifer Hall, Buda Animal Control Officer, said the piping structure is expected to work without disturbing the new beaver tenants at the reten- tion pond. Buda officials said in the release when beavers build dams in the retention ponds, they can sometimes inadvertently BUDA BEAVERS, 2C City workers install piping structures beneath the pond in west Buda. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF BUDA beaver lodge in the Garlic Creek retention Texas by Bartee Halle A Texan for three years and a Ranger J. ]Lfor less than one, Jeff Milton survived his baptism of gunfire on Apr. 25, 1881 just as he would many other brushes with death in the years to come. When the wife of Florida governor John Milton gave birth soon after secession, the pleased papa named the baby Jeff Davis in honor of the Confederate president. The elder Milton died in the closing days of the war, TEXAS HISTORY, 2C Ask Amanda by Amanda Moon My late aunt was known for her love of garden- ing. I have written about her backyard before in this column because it was overflowing with flowers of every shape and size. Flower arrange- ments were her specialty. Every Saturday until the age of 102 she would put vases together for Sunday morning church from her own yard full of daisies and roses. After her joumey here had ended, I brought home her favorite vase, broken and mended again and again over many years. It now holds a special place in my ASKAMANDA, 2C PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Egg-squisite easter egg hunting skills were put to the test this week as hundreds of area children, and some children-at-heart, participated in the Buda Easter Egg Hunt and the Kyle Easter Egg-Stravaganza last week. Obtaining those coveted eggs wasn't always over-easy. Children at the Buda hunt were hard boiled to collect as much of the approximate 20,000 pieces of candy laid out at the Buda Sportsplex. Meanwhile, children at the Kyle hunt egg-spressed egg-citement over the numerous eggs and candy placed at Gregg-Clarke Park. See more photos online at Ohmy. Ohno. Unbelievable. Creekside Nursery, a large wholesaler of Texas natives, uses pesticides. This word I have from Shelly Saunders, with Creekside's Customer Service. You've probably seen Creekside Nursery's green and white tag, if you've purchased "Texas plants" locally. In checking on my new (in-the-ground) Dutchman's pipevine, I read a review of a species (gigantea) with an instance of Swallowtail caterpillars showing signs of sickness and dying. The blogger assumed the species was toxic. Not so. Going to the grower, Creekside responded to me they sell the vile:, as an"omamental", not as a food source. The note from Creekside's customer service says, "we use several by Pauline Tom pesticides." Another shock came when I got moved up the chain at one of my local sources for natives, I was told, "We sell plants as ornamentals, not as a food source." WHAT?.? Insects and wildlife, attracted to the natives, cannot be told, "May be deadly. Stay away." So, my caution goes to humans. Ifyou want to provide for wildlife, grow from non- GMO seeds or cuttings. Or, buy from certified organic growers. Joe, a Master Gardener who teaches classes, said my pipevine can be thoroughly washed with a solution of a little dish soap or baby bath soap and water (sprayed with hose) to remove pesticides. The pesticide that washes off be encapsulated, less likely to cause damage. And, even without the washing, as long as there is no genetic modification, the plant will be safe for wildlife in about 5 months Most Texans I know (maybe I run in green circles?) purchase native plants in order to provide for native wildlife. I purchased Dutchman's pipevine, with smelly flowers, to attract flies and other flying insects for "my" Ash-throated Flycatchers. And, I was thrilled that it would attract Swallowtail butterflies who would lay eggs on the plant, that would hatch as caterpillars with a ready food source. Of course, looking at it from the other side, it would be quite difficult to cultivate a full 3-gaUon beautiful vine flit was left susceptible to destruction by a few caterpillars. A Master Gardener friend told me how exciting it was when Monarch caterpillars appeared on milkweed before a plant sale. But, before the day of the sale, the $10 plants were eaten to a stem. In cleating away ]ohnson grass from near myAntelope's Horn milkweed, growing at my drivewa I unearthed a spider with an unearthly appearance. This quarter-sized, hairy-legged spider has a black vinyl-shiny abdomen and legs. It looks prehistoric. On our Facebook MONTAGE, 4C